Do you know anyone that homeschools?
When I first pulled my girls out of public school I knew only 2 people that had already chose the venture. One of those ladies gave me the push that I needed and the other has always been supportive. BUT, that day I came to pick them up and said adios to that school, I admit I felt absolutely crazy and scared to do it. I was afraid of being judged, afraid of the questions and how to explain my reasons and worried I didn’t have what it takes. After-all, I never felt too smart. Guess what? I did not owe them or anyone else, an explanation. I know this now.
Fast forward to my comfortable years of doing this thing called life. I’ve noticed a few friends and acquaintances decided to homeschool after something happened to their kids at school.When I hear stories of why they made the decision to pull them out, it was either because of bullying or the school/teacher would claim the student had a learning disability. I’ve heard that, and still do, the teacher says “Johnny is behind in his math scores.” or “Suzy may need to be held back.” I may elaborate on this more in another post.
Then there are the tests and quizzes. I really use to think tests were important. I was not good at tests. I would come close to failing them all. When in class, doing the actual work and assignments, I’d do fine. To get back to my point here, learning is not about test scores and there isn’t a level to be at. You simply cannot say someone is “behind” because their brain wasn’t psychologically ready for it. In my opinion, public school is a failed system. You just cannot expect kids to learn things at your pace.
Back to those acquaintances I was talking about. They gave up! First, I want to say that I know we as parents are trying to do what we think is best for our children. I know that some really believe they just can’t do the homeschool thing or it didn’t fit into their lifestyle. It is hard for me to accept that because once you have kids, it isn’t about you anymore or your lifestyle. It’s about the lifestyle fitting with them. Does that make sense? I know a lot more Homeschoolers now and many with busy lives.
Parents running their own business….homeschool. Single Mom’s…homeschool. Mothers with health problems…homeschool. Work at home Dad’s….homeschool. Parents that work full time….homeschool. I could keep going here but I think you get my point. This is in no way a judgment post. I really just want the ones questioning their ability, to know that they can do this!
Please don’t give up! I will tell you right now, I almost did. If it ain’t hard, it ain’t worth it. Would you give up on making those sales goals? This is no different, except one thing….you have your children counting on YOU. Most parents do not give their kids enough credit either. They don’t realize how independent they can be in their learning. We just have to realize it and let them go. It is really that simple. You are their to guide them and cheer them on.
So, don’t give up on the thought of homeschooling. You can make it happen! That is the real beauty of it. You have control of what they learn, how they learn and when they learn…to an extent. Mine learn every day….the days we take “off” and every single moment in between.
If you have any questions about homeschooling please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find my contact page in this blogs menu. 🙂